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Carolina in the summer

Many students may have headed out of Chapel Hill when the spring semester ended three months ago, but the campus was far from empty this summer. Students fought the hot Carolina heat underneath the trees of McCorkle Place and battled through fun-filled water balloon fights at the residence halls, while the University welcomed the incoming…

A parting toast to four leaders who left their mark

Summer is a time of farewells, especially among University faculty. In addition to Joy and John Kasson, four other long-serving faculty members retired at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Together, this foursome compiled 177 years of service at Carolina and of scholarship in the fields of anthropology, astronomy, computer science and social work.…

For a decade, ombuds trio has demonstrated the power of listening

Before his plane landed in New York City, Wayne Blair knew he would be booking a flight back to North Carolina. He had just visited Chapel Hill to talk with then-Chancellor James Moeser and Tommy Griffin, the longtime chair of the Employee Forum, about the prospect of leaving his ombuds position at Columbia University to…

New BOT chair calls for ‘courage to change’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees welcomed five new members at the July 23 meeting and re-emphasized its focus on internal improvement and external communication. “I think everyone will agree that this is a very hard-working board,” Chancellor Carol L. Folt said, pointing to the group’s commitment to spending time…

Stopping the spread of HIV

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found the use of a combination of AIDS medications known as antiretroviral therapy can help prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity — a finding that could eradicate the virus. Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill and…

Launch-ing the latest entrepreneurs

Most students dream of having a job lined up after graduation. Not Roger Nahum. He’d rather be the boss. Roger and his partners at SWAP Socks, which sells uniquely mismatched socks with a mission to generate aid and awareness for the global visual impairment epidemic, are ready to expand their business – almost. First they’ll…

And the Kassons go rolling along

For much of its history, Radcliffe College was a kind of poor stepsister to its proud and privileged big brother Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Even in the 1960s, Harvard refused to share its facilities equally with Radcliffe, but men and women mingled freely in the classroom and in many extra-curricular activities. This could have been…

Stephen Hawking to deliver lecture in Stockholm

Stephen Hawking will join many of the founding members of modern physics in Stockholm in August for a rare — and historic — weeklong conference for some of the world’s leading physicists to discuss one of the most complex and mind-twisting topics of our time: whether singularities in black holes exist and whether Hawking radiation…

Early space journeys began at Morehead Planetarium

Before Neil Armstrong made his small step onto lunar soil, his journey to space began the same way as the rest of America’s first astronauts: walking the halls of Morehead Planetarium. For more than a decade, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s planetarium served as the hub for celestial navigation training for 62…